Staff Bios

Shelley B. Levy
Nancy Lilliquist
Karen Schermerhorn

Shelley B. Levy

Shelley LevyAs an Office Coordinator for the School of Communication, Shelley Levy handles varied tasks, from assisting faculty to ordering supplies to placing textbook orders to coordinating course evaluations. If she had to pick a favorite, it would be helping students. Whether answering questions or assisting a student in locating an instructor or a classroom, Shelley is friendly and caring, wanting everyone to feel welcome when they stop by her office.

Shelley likes planning social events like the annual reception and awards ceremony for seniors majoring in communication, and outside of the University she enjoys cooking and entertaining. She loves to share recipes, decorate her home, and loves dogs, with a special fondness for Bichon Frises. Her office features many pictures of Ozzie, her new Bichon puppy.

Shelley and her husband have been married for 32 years and they have two daughters in their early twenties, so she clearly understands the needs of college students.

Email: slevy@hartford.edu Phone: (860) 768-4633
Office: Harry Jack Gray Center E210A
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Nancy Lilliquist

Nancy LilliquistNancy Lilliquist is a versatile staff member, whose roles include Office Coordinator and Freshman Dialogue advisor in the School of Communication. As Office Coordinator she handles diverse tasks like scheduling courses and analyzing data, but much of her time is spent working with the budget. A lover of numbers, Nancy is a budget wizard, taking much pleasure in never having to find a red pen for her ledgers. As an advisor in the Freshman Dialogue program, she gets much satisfaction from teaching freshmen how to make it through that first semester and then advising them until they graduate. Ask her and she’ll tell you what she likes most about being part of the School is watching our students grow, improving their communication skills, then learning how to put those skills to work.

For fun outside of her job, Nancy loves basketball games, golfing, reading, yard work, winter (yes, the season!), but most of all, playing with her adorable toddler granddaughters!

Email: lilliquis@hartford.edu Phone: (860) 768-4693
Office: Harry Jack Gray Center E212
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Karen Schermerhorn

Karen SchermerhornKaren has been working at the University of Hartford for over nine years in various areas including career services, student services, residential life, women and gender resources, and health education. She joined the School of Communication in February 2011 in the role of Academic Support Specialist and serves as the coordinator of undergraduate student advising and is the person to see with questions about declaring a major or minor and general academic matters. Karen supervises five Graduate Teaching Interns who, along with her, serve as instructors of the lab sections of CMM 110 - Introduction to Communication and serves as an advisor in the Freshman Dialogue program.

Karen has served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communication since 2005 and teaches courses such as CMM 115 Improving Communication Skills and CMM 111 Business & Professional Communication, as well as other introductory courses in media. Her academic and research interests include gender communication and critical media studies with a focus on examining representations of public health issues, sex, beauty, power and gender in popular culture.

Karen is involved in many organizations on campus and serves as an Associate for the Wellness RLC in Hawk Hall, is a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team and is a violence prevention educator for Greek Life. She earned certificates in Sexuality Education from Planned Parenthood and in Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling from YWCA of New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Services. She earned a B.S.B.A. in Management from Western New England University and a M.A. degree in Communication from the University of Hartford. Karen also spent many years working in the financial services industry in the areas of investment and trust administration, quality control and training before making a career change to higher education.

She thoroughly enjoys supporting and empowering students to succeed in all aspects of their academic and personal lives. Karen likes listening to many different genres of music and is an avid consumer of media of all types, from the most serious to the silliest. She is also a collector of quotes and inspiring words – a stop by her office will give you many thoughts and ideas to ponder.

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